United States Department of Veterans Affairs


The principal purposes of this site are to provide  information about the VIP verification process; to assist Veteran business owners in registering their business in the Secretary's Database of Veteran-owned small businesses and to enable VA contracting officers to easily identify service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and VOSBs eligible for procurement opportunities. This site is maintained by the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), a program office within the Department's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Help desk hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 8:00PM EST.

Contact us by email at verificationfollowup@va.gov or by telephone 202-303-3260.


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VA OSDBU Announces 2011 Veteran-owned Small Business Mentor-Protégé Teams — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Dec. 28, 2011, Washington, D.C.

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is proud to announce the selection of 26 teams for the 2011 Veteran-owned Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program (VOSB MPP).

OSDBU received a surplus of applications, and will continue to evaluate eligible agreements. Congratulations to the new VOSB MPP teams! Stay tuned to this web site for future announcements and news concerning this and other Veteran programs.

The 2010 VOSB MPP teams are also available.

Small Business Dashboard 12/30/2011

If you are a veteran who is considering launching your own business, this Small Business Dashboard will help you do your due diligence. This is a service of Data.gov, an official web site of the U.S. Government.

Please Report Fraud 12/29/2011

The VA Office of Inspector General is committed to protecting the rights of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneur community by vigorously investigating and seeking prosecution of those who deprive these veterans who have earned the right to set-aside government contracts.
Report fraud to VA OIG's Hotline

For information about prosecutions:
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Also read the press release of a recent indictment:


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Required Documents for VIP Application

We have provided information detailing all required documents to be included with your VIP application. Please review this page to see which documents you will need to submit at the time of application. required documents

Acquisition Officers and Staff

Business opportunities - Selling to the federal government can be made easier by using the CVE’s Business Owner’s Contracting ToolKit. This tool kit contains information about selling in the Federal marketplace. more information

Important Notice on Verification Denial Letters

If you received a denial letter and would like to submit a request for reconsideration, the only method to do so is outlined in the letter you received.  Requests submitted in any manner other than as outlined in the letter could suffer significant delays.

Click here for more important information about the Verification Program.

How to Avoid Verification Problems
"Verification Assistance Briefs"

In an effort to assist applicants in obtaining verification for the Veterans First program we provide the following Verification Assistance Briefs (VAB). We have developed VAB to clarify the rules associated with 38 CFR 74. They are based on an analysis of issues that cause the majority of denials. more information